A New Year's sermon on newness/regeneration by Christian Cronin delivered on 1/3/16 at Faith Community Church, Hampton, NH. The sermon gives attention to texts such as John 3 and 1 John 1. Christian was a pastoral intern at FCC this past Summer (2015), and gave this, his third sermon at FCC, while home from college on Winter Break. Topics: Newness, regeneration, sinfulness, perfectionism, false teaching, old life, new life
This is the Second (and last) Sermon in the series titled, "God In The Pantry", in which we will look at some practical ways to know God more intimately. In this message, we will look at Proverbs 27:18 to see that our spiritual tree does not bear instant fruit, and we'll study Luke 19:1-9 in order to learn how our discontent can drive us up a sycamore tree. Topic: Religion, Christian, Sermon, Devotional Life Source: http://www.pastorjacob.blogspot.com
A translation of sections from four discourses in the Majjhimanikāya in which the Buddha relates his experiences in struggling to attain Awakening, and whether to teach afterwards Topics: Buddha Biography, Life of the Buddha
In this sermon on Acts 11:19-12:25, Pastor John examines the Gospel growing in Antioch and Peter's miraculous release from prison. Of course, a supernatural release from prison is a miracle, but the real miracle is the faith of the believers who would go to prison, like Peter, without expecting any miraculous intervention. The real power isn't in supernatural intervention. It is in the Holy Spirit giving people the faith to stare death in the face with courage and peace, to say, "Whether... Topics: life, death, sermon, peace, courage, jesus
Death is the theme of the Gospel today – “unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.” Freud argued that the fear of death – combined with our narcissism which makes impossible the idea of a world without us – underlies all civilization and culture. Yet the Jesus of John, however, seems unconcerned; he was not worried about physical death, because he already had eternal life. Eternal life, however, is not... Topics: Death, God, Jesus, Lent, eternal life, Freud
A sermon on Ephesians 4:17-24. Our need to avoid turning the grace of God into a "license" or excuse to sin, and instead pursue holiness. Topics: Called from a Life of Ungodliness to a Life of Holiness, Grace, Cheap Grace, License
An Easter sermon delivered on 3/31/13 at Faith Community Church,Hampton, NH. Please note that some of the beginning of the sermon did not get recorded. The song "Dust in the Wind" by Kansas was first played, and then the point was made that if Christ was not raised, then the words of the song are true--all we are is dust in the wind, and everything is meaningless. The recording picks up near the beginning of the development of the sermon's first main point : Without the resurrection... Topics: Easter, resurrection, gospel, "Dust in the Wind", meaning, meaninglessness, purpose,...
As we continue our series on Ordinary Time, we contemplate the rhythms of our lives. Pastor John explores some ancient Hebrew rhythms from the Old Testament, then takes us deep down to help each of us explore what the basic rhythm of our life is. He concludes by offering three habits to help us move the basic drumbeat of our lives from fear to faith, hope and love. Topics: rhythm, life, sermon, lutheran, lcms, lake nona, orlando
We all have old tapes playing in our heads, stories we tell ourselves about ourselves. Sometimes these come from our own experience. Sometimes they are stories other people put on us. God's grace frees us to re-evaluate the stories we tell ourselves about ourselves, especially freeing us from the idea that we have to somehow become worthy to be loved by God. We just are. It's grace. And it is been shown in Jesus Christ. Topics: ruth, love, limits, life, lake nona, orlando, florida, lutheran, lcms
On the occasion of Pastor John's 50th birthday, he takes some time to share about his own spiritual journey. The goal is to normalize the ups and downs, the doubts and convictions that are a real part of the life of faith. Topics: faith, life, lcms, lutheran, lake nona, orlando, florida, sermon
A Long Life Puja, also known at Tenshug is a ceremonial long life offering to a spiritual teacher who has chosen to be born in this life in an ordinary form. This ceremony is done to request the spiritual teacher (Lama) to life a long life for the preservation of the Buddhist teachings and the happiness of all beings. As part of the ceremony we offer many different symbolic offerings that are auspicious for the occasion. Being a sponsor for this event is a way for you to make an offering... Topics: Buddhism, Tibetan Buddhism, Lamrim, Ven. Choden Rinpoche, Long Life Puja
This message continues our series through Acts. As we walk through Acts 2:42-47, you will see the disciples continue to grow and their lives open up with generosity. This is the direction of the life of every Christian, including you: Growth in faith and love. Topics: generosity, love, life, jesus, lake nona, orlando, lcms, lutheran, sermon
Part two of a two part series on the book of Philemon. Principles of confronting a believer in love. Philemon Colossians 3:1-17 Galatians 6:1-10 Topics: Philemon, Confronting in love, Body Life, Chuck Ozeck, CCBC Sermons
The book of Acts simply ends with Paul in Rome sharing the Good News of Jesus. It's anticlimactic. One wonders what happens next. Several other Bible stories end this way, too. For instance the story of Jonah and the parable of the Prodigal Son. Perhaps this is purposeful, encouraging the listener to engage the story creatively. On this last Sunday in this series on Acts, Pastor John reviews the entire book of Acts (briefly!) and encourages listeners to reflect on what they've heard, to bend... Topics: acts, reflect, life, purpose.lutheran, lcms, orlando, lake nona
January 13, 2008 Matthew 2:1-23 / Luke 2:41-52 Preached by Dr. Jeffrey Evans Preached at Christ Community Bible Church Topics: Luke 2:41-52, Jeff Evans, The Missing Decades of Jesus Life, Jesus Life, Luke, Luke Series, Christ...
Guest speaker and missionary to Columbia, Bob Moyer, preaches on Mark 5:1-20 and how God used a former demoniac to tell a large population of people about Jesus. Topics: Missions, Your Life is not an accident, purpose, Mark 5:1-20
A mission is the "specific task with which a person or a group is charged." (Webster) Your mission in life has three parts: the corporate mission of the church to make disciples of Jesus, your internal mission of spiritual growth, and your external mission of serving others. Hear more about your 3 missions in this sermon from Pastor John Rallison Topics: sermon, mission, personal, life, lcms, lutheran, lake nona, orlando, church, worship
A sermon on Romans 5:1-5. There are four ways justification changes how we see things. Once an enemy we are now a friend. We now stand in a state of grace. We rejoice in the hope of sharing Jesus' glory. It changes the way we view suffering and trials. James 1:2-4 Hebrews 12:1-13 Topics: Seeing All of Life Differently Because We've Been Justified by Faith, Jeff Evans, CCBC Sermons
A sermon on Isaiah 38:9-20 by Brian Abasciano delivered on 6/28/15 at Faith Community Church, Hampton, NH. Topics: Life, death, mercy, wholehearted, careful, slow, troubles, suffering, thanksgiving, praise, worship
A sermon on Isaiah 38:1-22 by Brian Abasciano delivered on 6/14/15 at Faith Community Church, Hampton, NH. Topics: Prayer, life, death, perspective, omnipotent, all powerful, thanksgiving, glorifying God,...
A sermon on Romans 3:27-31. Since we cannot do anything to earn our salvation there is nothing to boast in except in Christ. There are 4 effects of the Gospel's grounding in grace: humility and gratitude, emotional stability, deliverance from prejudice and a proper understanding of the law and its purposes. 1 Timothy 1:6-11 1 Corinthians 1:26-31 Topics: The Gospel: Pride-Killing, Life-Stabilizing, Prejudice-Removing & Law Upholding!, Jeff Evans,...
A sermon on Romans 7:14-25. There are two truths Paul shares in these verses. First we need to differentiate between us (the things we stir up in ourselves by seeking and dwelling upon them) and the things spawned by the sin that dwells in us. Second we need to admit and confess our powerlessness and inability and we need to look to God to do for us what we could never do for ourselves. John 8:31-34 Galatians 5:16-26 Topics: Grace & Inability: God's Power to Change Your Life. CCBC Sermons, Jeff Evans
A sermon on affliction/hardship by Jim Rhodes delivered on 6/19/16 at Faith Community Church, Hampton, NH. Topics: Affliction, hardship, suffering, spiritual growth, cancer, kingdom of God, healing, sanctification,...
A sermon on Romans 5:12-19. When Adam sinned everyone sinned. In Christ we switch representative heads from Adam being our head to Jesus being our head. Genesis 3:1-7 1 Corinthians 15:21-28 Topics: Condemnation and Death in Adam, Justification and Life in Christ, Jeff Evans, CCBC Sermons
The Ultimate Revolution: Breaking Free from the Wheel of Life Discovering Buddhism: Samsara and Nirvana - Part 2 As depicted in the famous image of the Wheel of Life, the Twelve Links of Dependent Arising were taught by the Buddha as a means to understand the steps involved in our continual cycling in a state of imperfection. The twelve-part process of dependent arising shows how our actions, clouded by ignorance, propel us from one rebirth to another, and keep us trapped in a seemingly endless... Topics: Thubten Norbu Ling, Santa Fe, Discovering Buddhism, Samsara, Nirvana, Four Noble Truths, Wheel of...
A sermon on Romans 3:27-31. Since we do nothing to earn our salvation we have no grounds for boasting in anything except Christ. Since the Gospel is grounded in grace we benefit from the following: humility and gratitude, emotional stability, deliverance from prejudice and a proper understanding of the role of the law. 1 Timothy 1:6-11 1 Corinthians 1:26-31 Topics: The Gospel: Pride-Killing, Life-Stabilizing, Prejudice-Removing & Law Upholding, Jeff Evans,...
A sermon on Haggai 1:2-12 by Bob Lovejoy delivered on 6/23/13 at Faith Community Church, Hampton, NH. Topics: Priorities, presence of God, seeking God's Kingdom, considering circumstances, futile living,...